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Learn 7 simple, life-changing principles Jesus used to disciple His followers. Includes discussion questions. 9 lessons.
Women have the power to influence others, whether we're trained leaders or not. Discover 7 principles for building solid relationships through simple steps to mentoring from author and speaker Carol Kent.
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Becoming a Woman of Influence
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Ideal Resource for Women!
I have had the pleasure of reading a number of Carol Kent's books in the past, so was very excited to be able to read Becoming A Woman of Influence.
As a mom, I know that just how easy (and important) it is to influence my children, but haven't really given it much thought as to how I influence other women in my life. That is until I read this book. It has really shown me how to live my life with intentionality and purpose. It gives seven principles to incorporate in your life to influence those around you, and either become, or find, a mentor for others. A fantastic read, with a great nine week study guide that will help you work through becoming a solid Titus 2 woman! The only thing that bugged me about the book was that most of the scripture references were from The Message by Eugene Peterson. Although I really enjoy this translation of the Bible, I feel that in a study book such as this one, the references should have been from a more literal translation like the NASB or ESV. Otherwise, a very solid, encouraging read that I highly recommend be read by all women, church leaders or not.
4/29/2011 3:54:53 PM
I was attracted to this read by the title but also because I've read a little about Carol Kent's life. Some of "the things" she's gone through in life have been more than I could bear. But Carol seems to be a woman of God who also puts her money where her mouth is . . . as an old saying goes.
Becoming A Woman of Influence isn't as most of us would think. The principles Carol includes is teaching women how to listen, how to hug in a crisis and simply learning how to help others.
The seven principles Carol includes in this book are:
The Principle of Time Alone with God
The Principle of Walking and Talking
The Principle of Storytelling
The Principle of Asking Questions
The Principle of Compassion
The Principle of Unconditional Love
The Principle of Casting Vision
The Principle of Unconditional Love stood out to me. Unconditional love is easy to give as a mom but boy.o.boy not sure if I really want to give this kind of love to others! Well. . . Carol's principle of unconditional love helped to see that it's following the heart of Jesus. No, we can't have a lot of these principles in our lives unless we allow Jesus to rule and reign. Carol's views and descriptions may help you to see beyond your four walls just as see helped me.
Carol also encourages the reader to have a heart relationship with God not a mediator relationship through a priest of pastor. This is good advice.
This is one of those 5 star reads that will make you think and pray. I want to be a woman of influence for Jesus. Not just spouting off scripture after scripture but showing by an example of a godly life.
Whether you're a young, single woman, a midlife mom or a grandma this is an excellent book for women of all ages and walks of life!
4/12/2011 7:37:27 AM
Not My Favorite Book
I did not find "Becoming A Woman of Influence" by Carol Kent to be among my favorite books that I have read. This book discusses and teaches women how to be able to impact the lives of other women. It encourages and helps pave the way for women to become mentors to other women, especially younger women. While I do agree with the author's words on this topic, I had a very hard time with her delivery. Unfortunately, I felt that Carol Kent came across as "uppity" and all-knowing in the way she delivered her message. I found it very difficult to read through this book and stay focused because of this fact. I do wonder if an older woman would appreciate this book more than myself. I will state again though, that I do agree with her message. I believe that we all are to strive to become mentors to one another. I think Carol Kent is Biblically sound in encouraging women to become mentors and essentially become Titus 2 women. I just would have liked it if I felt more of a humbleness from the author. I received this complimentary book from NavPress and have not received money to provide this review.
3/23/2011 7:16:55 PM
Solid Principles, Awkward Elements
These seven principles for mentoring women (especially newer Christians and seekers) are time-tested and solid, vividly illustrated, and well-grounded in Scripture.
This edition had two drawbacks for me, neither of which would prevent me from recommending the book: the study guides, and the presentation of Scripture.
I found the accompanying study guides a bit too long and fragmented. I became impatient with what felt like a “jumpy” experience” through too many Scriptures and exercises.
I also found the Scripture presentation felt a bit awkward. She often paraphrased long portions (for copyright reasons?), but not creatively, or even briefly -- she appeared to describe almost every line of the Scripture, which came to feel a bit tedious. For quoted Scripture, she primarily used the Petersen paraphrase, The Message (a creative meditation on the original texts. I believe The Message as a teaching tool is best used in concert with proper translations of the text, not as a substitute for them.
That said, the seven well-founded principles made it a worthwhile read for any woman looking for thoughtful primer for serving as a spiritually healthy mentor to women, and I would recommend it as such.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
3/7/2011 5:03:12 PM
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Superb guide to "Becoming a true Woman of Influence"!
One thing I can never say about Carol Kent is that she is boring – for she never is!
This book reveals deep insights concerning women growing into influential positions, and embracing women like these into our lives. She highlights main points that point directly to scripture, revealing that these insights truly did not come from herself – but from direction of her relationship with God.
Though it took me a couple of months to read the book (I just so happen to slowly digest good books like this), when I found myself reading the book, I discovered I had a hard time putting it down (but when my eyes are starting to close due to just be over tired, I do what I have to do).
Carol’s style, grace, compassion and mercy flow through this book as the personal mentor she encourages all women to find in their own lives.
The companion 9-week study guide is excellent – and it prompts you to journal rather than fill in the blanks; which I find to be deeply helpful in learning and growth.
If you don’t have a personal mentor in your life, please embrace this book until one enters into your life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements andTestimonials in Advertising."
2/21/2011 2:03:58 PM